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Westlife is an irish son band formed in Sligo in 1998. The group presently consists of members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne ; one of its original members, Brian McFadden, departed the isthmus in 2004. The group disbanded in 2012 and late reunited in 2018. The group have released twelve studio apartment albums : four as a five-piece and eight as a four-piece. They rose to fame with their debut international self-titled studio album, Westlife ( 1999 ). It was followed by Coast to Coast ( 2000 ), World of Our Own ( 2001 ), Unbreakable – The Greatest Hits Vol. 1 ( 2002 ), and Turnaround ( 2003 ), which continued the group ‘s success global. The group released their shroud albums Allow Us to Be Frank ( 2004 ) and The Love Album ( 2006 ) and the studio albums Face to Face ( 2005 ) and Back Home ( 2007 ). After a suspension of studio apartment record for about one year in 2008, they regrouped and released the studio albums Where We Are ( 2009 ), and Gravity ( 2010 ), and the compilation album Greatest Hits ( 2011 ). After eight years, the four group released their eleventh studio apartment album, Spectrum, in 2019, followed by their twelfth studio album, Wild Dreams, in 2021.

They are the top act with most Number 1 debuts on the UK Singles Chart, with all 14 of their chart-toppers landing there in their first workweek. [ 1 ] They have the second most certifications for a male child band in the UK Singles Chart after Take That and the most one certifications for a pop band on the UK number one singles artists chart since The Beatles. According to the british Phonographic Industry ( BPI ), Westlife has been certified for 13.1 million albums, 1.3 million video recording albums, and 10.4 million singles, with a full of more than 24 million combine sales in the UK. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] They are besides presently ranked 19th with the most number-one albums of all time and sixth highest band in the tilt. [ 4 ] The group have accumulated 14 number-one singles as a lead artist vitamin a good as having eight number-one albums in the United Kingdom, making them Ireland ‘s and non-UK acts ( since Elvis Presley ) most prolific chart-toppers. In 2012, the Official Charts Company listed Westlife 34th amongst the biggest-selling singles artist, 16th amongst the biggest sell groups, and 14th with most top ten hits all the highest for a son band and a toss off group in british music history. [ 5 ] They are besides the biggest selling album group of the 2000s decade, with three of their studio apartment albums were partially of the 50 fastest selling albums of all clock time in the UK. [ 6 ] The group have the most consecutive number-one studio albums in a ten in the UK and Ireland for a band since the Beatles and for a pop band and work since ABBA. besides in Ireland, they have 11 number-one albums with a sum of 13 top two albums, 16 number-one singles a well as 34 top-fifty singles. They have sold over 55 million records. [ 7 ] and are holders of the following Guinness World Records : foremost to achieve seven consecutive number-one singles in the UK ; most public appearances in 36 hours by a toss off group ; most singles to debut at issue one on the UK chart ; and peak betray album group in the United Kingdom in the twenty-first hundred. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] [ 10 ] Westlife are one of the most successful musical groups of all clock, among the highest profile acts in 2000s popular polish in most territories worldwide, and one of the few boy bands to have continued achiever after their commercial top out. On the best-selling male child bands of all meter tilt, they are presently one-tenth worldwide along with the biggest sell son band from Ireland in history globally. They have received numerous accolades including one World Music Award, two Brit Awards, four MTV Awards, and four record of the class Awards. As a survive act, Westlife have sold 5.5 million concert tickets worldwide from their fourteen concert tours then far. They hold the record for the most shows played at The SSE Arena, Belfast and SSE Arena, Wembley ; this makes them the biggest arena act of all-time in the United Kingdom. They sold out Croke Park Stadium in their home state in a record-breaking five minutes. [ 11 ] Their fourteenth, and latest concert tour is called The Wild Dreams Tour. [ 12 ]

history [edit ]

lineage : Byrne, Egan, Feehily, Filan and McFadden ‘s beginnings [edit ]

Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan, all schoolmates in Summerhill College in Sligo, Ireland, participated in a educate production of Grease with colleague Sligo men Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron, and Michael Garrett. They considered it as the start of Westlife. The sextet formed a pop vocal group called Six as One in 1997, which they later renamed IOYOU. Before this, Egan was separate of a punk-rock bands called Skrod, and Pyromania. The group, managed by choreographer Mary McDonagh and two early cozy managers, released a individual titled “ together Girl Forever “ under Sound Records which was written by Feehily and Filan with chap Irish Those nervous Animals and The Strong are Lonely band members Padraig Meehan and Daragh Connolly. Another sung “ ageless Love ” included in the individual was written by Feehily, Keighron, Meehan, and Connolly. There is besides an unreleased song called “ beneficial thing ”. [ 13 ] McDonagh beginning encountered Egan as a six-year-old student at her hebdomadally dance classes, and came to know Filan and Feehily in their early teens as they starred in shows such as Oliver! and Godspell for Sligo Fun Company .
Louis Walsh, the coach of companion Irish boy band Boyzone, came to know the group after Filan ‘s mother Mae contacted him, but the group failed to secure a BMG record manage with Simon Cowell. Cowell told Walsh : “ You are going to have to fire at least three of them. They have bang-up voices, but they are the ugly band I have always seen in my life. ” [ 14 ] Lacey, Keighron, and Garrett were told they would not be share of the raw group, and auditions were held in Dublin where Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden were recruited. McFadden was contribution of an R & B group called Cartel before this. The new group, formed on 3 July 1998, was originally named Westside, but as another ring was already using that name, the group was renamed Westlife. It was revealed that Walsh was already calling them Westlife before the Westside name came along. [ 15 ] In Westlife – Our Story, Byrne revealed that, unlike the others in the group, he was lament to change the name to West High. McFadden besides changed the spell of his name to Bryan to facilitate sign autograph. They managed to secure a major record deal the second time around under BMG with all other record labels competed. They have signed a four million pound record softwood with RCA Records. Westlife ‘s first gear big break came in 1998 when they opened for Boyzone and Backstreet Boys ‘ concerts in Dublin. Boyzone singer Ronan Keating was brought in to co-manage the group with Walsh. Later, they won a special Smash Hits Roadshow award at that year ‘s Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. Their first populate television receiver performance as a group in Ireland and worldwide was on the Irish television receiver serial and the earth ‘s second longest-running late-night spill show, The Late Late Show that had its broadcast on 13 November 1998. They performed “ Flying Without Wings “. [ 16 ] The band then released an EP titled Swear It Again afterwards. Both read songs under Westside were produced by Steve Mac and written by Mac and Wayne Hector. Cowell chose the debut extended free rein and one with the steering of his father, Eric Cowell, who stated then, “ I think they will be big ”. [ 15 ]

International discovery, Debut album, Coast to Coast, World of Our Own and ace stardom ( 1999–2002 ) [edit ]

Kian John Francis Kelly Egan (left) and Nicholas Bernard James Adam McGarry Byrne, Jr. (right) are two of the original members of Westlife. In April 1999, the group released their first single, “ Swear It Again ” which immediately topped the charts in Ireland and in the UK for two weeks. It became the biggest-selling single in a week one by a debut artist. [ 17 ] [ 18 ] On the workweek of its passing and its graph accomplishment announcement, Cowell ‘s father Eric died. Their second individual, “ If I Let You Go “ was released in August 1999, which established them as the first boy band to hit the No. 1 with its first two singles. [ 19 ] They besides performed for billions in 1999 at the Miss World telecast with this song. The third single was the highly acclaimed “ Flying Without Wings ” ( their beginning ‘ commemorate of the Year ‘ and their one-third No. 1 single ), released in October the lapp class, besides followed become. It made them the entirely the irregular Irish act and fourth act to debut at No. 1 with their first three singles, B * Witched, Robson and Jerome, and Spice Girls being the other three. “ Flying Without Wings ” was besides included on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers film, Pokémon: The Movie 2000. Their first album, plainly titled Westlife, was released in November 1999 and went to No. 2 in the UK and their first No. 1 in Ireland. The album was the biggest chart dropper on the crown 40 in UK music history when, in its 58th week on the charts it leapt from No. 79 to No. 3 before falling to No. 37 the take after week. [ 20 ] Despite the history, the album successfully managed to peak at No. 1 in Scotland in the year 2001 after premiering at No. 6 at the scots Albums Chart in 1999. [ 21 ] In December 1999, a fourthly and a double-side single was released, “ I Have A Dream “ / ” Seasons in the Sun “. It knocked Cliff Richard ‘s “ The Millennium Prayer “ off the top spot and earned them the 1999 UK Christmas number-one individual. It is besides their fourth No. 1 single. [ 22 ] [ 23 ] It was the first official No. 1 single music act in the 2000s of UK Singles Chart and besides the last official No. 1 one music act in the 1990s ten of UK Singles Chart. They are one of only five acts to achieve four act ones in the UK Singles Chart in one calendar year, the others being Elvis Presley, The Shadows, The Beatles and Spice Girls. [ 24 ] The fifth and last one from the album, “ Fool Again “, besides peaked at No. 1. [ 25 ] With this, they broke records of being the merely male ring to have every singles released from an album to reach No. 1 in the UK and the alone male group with most original songs in an album that went straight to No. 1 in the UK with multiple and/or with four original singles. Afterwards, Westlife signed to Arista Records for the north american english district after auditioning for the pronounce ‘s fall through, Clive Davis. [ 26 ] then the group had a promotional go in the United States for their “ Swear It Again ” single and peaked at No. 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. [ 27 ] An asian tour followed in documentation of their introduction album before releasing a second album. On 1 July 2000, they were honored as Freemen of the Borough of Sligo. [ 28 ] Coast to Coast, their second album, was released a year former and was their first base No. 1 UK album, beating the Spice Girls ‘ Forever album by a large margin, the said chart struggle was widely reported by british media. It became the area ‘s 4th biggest selling album of 2000. [ 29 ] [ 30 ] This is their second No. 1 album in Ireland. The album was preceded by a couple with Mariah Carey singing “ Against All Odds ( Take a look at Me immediately ) “ and the master song “ My Love “ ( their second phonograph record of the Year award ). Both singles reached No. 1 on the UK charts, their sixth and seventh number ones respectively. [ 31 ] [ 32 ] With this, Westlife broke an unexpected record of the most back-to-back No. 1 singles in the UK, having their first seven consecutive singles debut at the top by a debut act and group, and by an act, a group, a male group, a pop dissemble and a pop group in UK and became the fastest total one music act beating Elvis Presley ‘s previous record of three years versus 23 months of Westlife getting each its foremost No. 1 singles and second music dissemble to have the longest string of number ones in UK history. [ 33 ] however, in December 2000, their eighth and an Ireland and UK exclusive one “ What Makes a Man “, only debuted at No. 2. [ 34 ] The individual “ My Love ” was controversially used by Central Intelligence Agency as region of a torment plan in Afghanistan. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “ the music pounded constantly as character of a scheme to assault prisoners ‘ senses ”. [ 35 ] They survived the 2000 Mexico City major earthquake and lightning during this time. [ 36 ] As the 2000 had ended, Westlife achieved four count one singles in a year for two true years ( 1999, 2000 ) since Elvis Presley ( 1961, 1962 ). Outside the UK and Ireland, they gained chart success with “ I Lay My Love on You “ and “ When You ‘re Looking Like That “. This time a well, they were included in the top ten earners list of all acts in UK and Ireland and sold over 2.5 million units in Asia Pacific region. [ 37 ] [ 38 ] besides in this class, they launched their first gear worldly concern tour, “ Where Dreams Come True Tour “. [ 18 ] A recording of a concert from the enlistment live from Dublin was released on 19 November 2001. besides in the same calendar month and year, Westlife released their third gear album World of Our Own, their second No. 1 album in the UK and their one-third No. 1 album in Ireland. “ Uptown Girl “ ( their first one to be on the list of million-selling singles in the United Kingdom ), “ queen of My Heart “ and “ World of Our own “ were released as singles, all of which peaked at No. 1 in the UK. Those singles are besides their eighth, ninth, and tenth number ones respectively. [ 39 ] [ 40 ] [ 41 ] With their one-tenth No. 1, they made history by being the shortest music act or dance band to have ten or double-figures number ones in the UK Singles Chart ( 2 years and 10 months or 149 weeks ) – more than 3 months quicker than The Beatles ( 165 weeks ). “ Bop Bop Baby “ was besides released as a single, but it peaked at No. 5 in the UK. In 2002, Westlife went on their second world tour, the World of Our own Tour ( In The Round ). overall in 2002, IRMA awarded the band plaque about their 1 million units sold in Ireland and ranked seventh as Irish ‘s millionaires under age 30 with 18 million euros for all of the five members. [ 42 ] For every operation each band member will get 228,000 euros, which means the 68 dates raked in 1.55 million euro for them by June 2002. The cash rolled in from sales of their merchandise, while a holocene advertise deal with Adidas was worth 488,000 euros to each of them with a sum of 3.33 million euros each at the end of the said enlistment. [ 18 ] [ 43 ]

Unbreakable, Turnaround, and departure of McFadden ( 2002–2004 ) [edit ]

Brian McFadden left Westlife for his family and later released his solo music. The group sold more than 12 million records in a span of three years during this meter. [ 44 ] They released their eleventh UK No. 1 single, “ unbreakable “ in 2002. [ 45 ] Amidst rumor of a split, Westlife released their first gear greatest hits album in November that lapp class titled Unbreakable – The Greatest Hits Vol. 1, which zoomed all the direction to No. 1 in the UK and Ireland. Their third No. 1 in the UK and the fourth one in Ireland. besides during that fourth dimension, Westlife bagged another Guinness World Record for most public appearances by a pop group in a 36-hour time period. The isthmus made stop-offs in five different cities ( Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, London and Manchester ) to promote their then-new album. The release was followed by the duplicate A-side single “ Tonight “ / ” Miss You Nights “, which debuted at No. 3 in the UK and No. 1 in Ireland. [ 46 ] At this time, Because Films Inspire made a television documentary titled “ baseless Westlife ”, directed by Iain MacDonald and starred the group, featuring their daily life as musicians and their tour experiences. It was aired on BBC Choice. [ 47 ] In 2003, Westlife went on their third base world go, The Greatest Hits Tour and was invited to play at the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, shrugging off rumours of a split which is what most of the pop music bands do after a Greatest Hits album and tour. [ 48 ] A recording of a concert from the enlistment, live from Manchester, was released in November 2003. second in September 2003, Westlife released “ Hey Whatever “, which peaked at No. 4 in the UK. [ 49 ] Their one-fourth studio apartment album, Turnaround, was then released in November, earning the group another UK No. 1 album, the fourth one. The album is besides their fifth No. 1 in Ireland. “ Mandy “, was released a week before the album release. The ring ‘s one-twelfth No. 1 single. Their version won them their third base Record of the Year award, in under five years. [ 50 ] Their adaptation of “ Mandy ” is besides considered the single with the longest leap to the exceed ( from No. 200 to No. 1 ) in UK music history. [ 51 ] “ obvious “ was released as the concluding single from the album, charting at No. 3. On 9 March 2004, merely three weeks anterior to embarking on their fourth world tour, McFadden left the group to spend more clock time with his family and six months late to release solo music projects. [ 52 ] On that day, a press conference was held where all the group ‘s members were present, each giving emotional individual speeches. McFadden ‘s final public performance as share of Westlife was at Newcastle upon Tyne ‘s Powerhouse cabaret on 27 February 2004. [ 53 ] [ 54 ] McFadden attended the first day of the band ‘s tour date as an consultation. The stopping point clock the five had reunited in public was when McFadden acted in an irish reality television show Anonymous where he disguised as a fan in an album signing event of the group in November 2005 and had a broadcast in January 2006. He subsequently began a solo career, and reverted the spell of his first base name back to its original ‘Brian ‘. McFadden late released more albums and singles, but only with moderate success. Less than a month after McFadden ‘s passing, the group kicked off their “ Turnaround Tour ”. [ 55 ] A populate version of “ Flying Without Wings “ from the said go was released as an official UK download, earning them the inaugural official UK Downloads No. 1. [ 56 ] A record of a concert from the Turnaround Tour, live from Stockholm, Sweden, was released in November 2003 .

Face to Face, Back Home, and cover albums ( 2004–2008 ) [edit ]

In September 2004, they performed on the World Music Awards, where they were recognised as the Best Irish Act of that year. They then released a Rat Pack -inspired album and fifth album …Allow Us to Be Frank, which peaked at No. 3. No singles from this album were released in the UK but “ Ai n’t That a Kick in the Head ? “, accompanied with a music television, was released as a digital download in the UK and peaked at No. 4 and as a physical individual in other european countries. “ Smile “ and “ Fly Me to the Moon “, both with music video recording ampere well, were released as digital downloads only. prior to the secrete of the …Allow Us to Be Frank album, Westlife scouted for “ the perfect winnow ” to help promote their album. [ 57 ] After X Factor -style auditions, they found Joanne Hindley, who recorded “ The Way You Look tonight “ with the group. [ 18 ] To mark this especial collaboration, a special program was televised, showing auditions and bouncy performances, called She’s The One, presented by Kate Thornton. [ 58 ] It besides featured a live performance by their fathers with their interpretation of “ That ‘s Life “. Westlife continued to tour Europe as part of their “ The Number Ones Tour “ which started in early 2005. The go ranked at number 84 cosmopolitan with top concert tour slate sales with 191,361. [ 59 ] A read of a concert from the tour, live from Sheffield, was released in November 2005. By 2004, they sold over 30 million albums already, the biggest alive act in UK, and making approximately £4m each as reported in 2005. [ 60 ] In October 2005, Westlife returned with their rejoinder unmarried, “ You Raise Me Up “, which was taken from their sixth album Face to Face, their thirteenth No. 1. On 5 November 2005, both the album and the single were at No. 1 in the UK, at the same clock, during the second week of the one. It was the first time that Westlife had held both the top album and the top single place in the same workweek and the foremost Irish music act to have such feat. [ 61 ] [ 62 ] This is their fifth No. 1 in the UK and sixth one in Ireland. “ You Raise Me Up ” was awarded as their fourth record of the year in the UK, for 2005. In December of that year, the group released “ When You Tell Me That You Love Me “, a duet with Diana Ross, as the second gear single, and it debuted at its peak position of No. 2. [ 63 ] This single marked its fourteenth year since the original Diana Ross version was released and peaked at No. 2, the same chart position in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. Westlife then released a third base single, “ amazing “, which debuted at No. 4. [ 64 ] After that, Westlife embarked on the “ Face to Face Tour “, travelling extensively to the UK, Ireland, Australia and Asia. This tour marked the first fourth dimension that Westlife travelled to mainland China for a concert. [ 65 ] [ 66 ] The tour ranked the band sixth for the year with a numeral of performances with 32 shows and recorded 238,718 paid-for attendances. [ 55 ] A commemorate of a concert from the tour, live from Wembley Arena, was released in November 2006. The band was mentioned as separate of the names of male groups that peaked in the United Kingdom album sales in 2005 with 45 percentage of the market. [ 67 ] By this time, they already sold over 36 million records cosmopolitan. In recently 2006, Westlife signed a sword newly five-album cope with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Their seventh album, The Love Album was a compilation concept album which consisted of popular love song covers. The album outsold other compilation albums by Oasis, The Beatles, and U2 in its inaugural workweek of acquittance and went straight to No. 1 in both UK and Ireland. It was the top selling album of 2006 in Ireland and Westlife ‘s one-seventh and sixth No. 1 album in Ireland and the UK, respectively. furthermore, the lone single from The Love Album, “ The Rose “, became their 14th UK No. 1 single. [ 68 ] The band on their 2006 concert tour This made Westlife the third work ( along with Cliff Richard ) in the UK to have the most No. 1 singles, tailing behind Elvis Presley ( 21 ) and The Beatles ( 17 ). In Ireland, they made it to the second home ( tied with The Beatles ) to have most number one singles, tailing behind U2 ( 21 ). They besides returned to the Miss World phase where billions saw the exclusive live performance of The Rose. Westlife then kicked off their one-eighth world tour, “ The Love Tour “, in Perth, Australia. [ 69 ] The group then went on to other australian cities before moving on to South Africa, the UK and Ireland. The tour had a total of £1,031,033 secondary gross sales. [ 70 ] On 5 November 2007, Westlife released their eighth album, Back Home, which contained nine modern original songs along with three cover songs. The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK, their one-seventh No. 1. It was besides 2007 ‘s one-fifth biggest selling album in the UK. This makes them as one of the entirely five band, with Coldplay, The Prodigy, Stereophonics, and Take That, in UK chart history to claim seven No. 1 albums. With seven of their albums reaching the count one descry from 2000-2007, they attained the fastest collection of UK number one album commemorate in late history until Taylor Swift ‘s re-recording unblock of her album Fearless in 2021. [ 71 ] The album was their eighth No. 1 in Ireland. The first unmarried released from the album was “ Home “, which peaked at No. 3 in the UK. [ 72 ] [ 73 ] “ I ‘m already There “, not released as a unmarried, managed to chart in the UK based on downloads alone, following a performance on an episode of The X Factor UK. On 15 December 2007, they had a two-hour show called The Westlife Show where they performed 10 of their songs, some of which were voted on-line by fans and some from Back Home. It was hosted by Holly Willoughby. [ 74 ] Months by and by, “ Us Against the World “ was announced and released as their second single in UK and Ireland. Before the exhaust of the second single, they embarked on the Back Home Tour on 25 February 2008. This tour marked the first time that the group had travelled and performed in New Zealand, performing four sold-out shows in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth and Christchurch. interim, “ Something justly “ was released as the second base single and “ Us Against the World ” became the third base single in Europe and the Asia Pacific area. Both songs performed well on respective music charts .

tenth anniversary and hiatus ( 2008–2009 ) [edit ]

From 2005 to 2008, Music Week revealed on their web site that Westlife was the official third lead tour dissemble within the years while they were the seventh top tour act of 2008. [ 75 ] On 28 March 2008, after 27 sell-out shows, in the space of 10 years and have sold 250,000 tickets. All four members were presented with a plaque cast of their hands, which can besides be seen in the Wembley Square of Fame alike to Hollywood Walk of Fame. [ 76 ] then to mark their tenth class in music, Westlife staged a special 10 Years of Westlife, a sold-out concert at the universe ‘s thirty-third biggest and Europe ‘s fourthly biggest stadium, [ 77 ] Croke Park, on 1 June 2008. [ 78 ] which Egan described to be a “ pop extravaganza ”. [ 79 ] It was lone the second clock for an Irish act to headline the stadium after U2. [ 80 ] Filan confirmed that a equate populate concert DVD would be released. The group announced that they would be on suspension for a year after their Back Home Tour [ 81 ] and that there would not be an album release in 2008 as they would be spending more time on the production of their tenth album. [ 82 ] As promised, the group ‘s official web site confirmed on 27 September 2008 the release of a DVD on 24 November 2008 entitled 10 Years of Westlife – Live at Croke Park Stadium which went straight to No. 1 on UK, Ireland, South African, Hong Kong and New Zealand Music DVD charts. As the group ended another successful go, Walsh announced in the display Xpose that 1 July 2008 would be the official originate of the longest foramen of the group. He said that it will be a annual break, from that day improving to 1 July 2009. On 13 December 2008, while on a interrupt, Westlife made an unexpected appearance during that class ‘s X Factor concluding where they performed “ Flying Without Wings ” with runner-up JLS. After the performance, Filan and Byrne were interviewed on The Xtra Factor with Boyzone ‘s Keating and Stephen Gately. As JLS besides performed, “ I ‘m already There ”, Westlife ‘s version of the sung re-entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 63 while a new introduction on Ireland Singles Chart at No. 47 due to extensive downloads only. In the last week of January 2009, a DVD entitled The Karaoke Collection was released. This is the first time Sony Music has released an official Karaoke phonograph record for music video in DVD format. On 27 February 2009 issue of Herald Ireland, Walsh revealed that Cowell had already picked three fresh songs which he believed would be instant hits. On 18 March 2009, Westlife won the Best irish Pop Act on the 2009 Meteor Awards for the ninth consecutive time .

Where We Are and Gravity ( 2009–2010 ) [edit ]

Their tenth album, Where We Are, was released on 30 November 2009 in the UK and peaked at No. 2 on both Irish and UK Albums Charts. The lead single, “ What About now “, was released a few weeks sooner on 23 October 2009, with digital downloads being available the day before. The said individual peaked at No. 2 on both Irish and UK Singles Charts and ranked No. 85 in the year-end official sales chart. [ 83 ] Following that month was the announcement of the Guinness Book of World Records for Westlife as the top sell album group of the twenty-first century with 10.74 million albums sold in the UK alone. They were besides part of the Haiti jacob’s ladder single in early 2010 with “ Everybody Hurts “, which was organised by Cowell. [ 84 ] The said individual peaked at No. 1 on both Irish and UK Singles Chart. The tour in accompaniment of this album was called, “ The Where We Are go “. The enlistment entered at count 50 of top concert tour for the third quarter of the year with 241,865 ticket sales. [ 85 ] A record of a concert from the tour, live from London, was released in November 2010. The eleventh album was recorded and processed with songwriter and manufacturer John Shanks in London and Los Angeles and was wholly produced by Shanks. [ 86 ] On 14 November 2010, the individual “ dependable “ was released. It debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 21 November at No. 10, giving the group their 25th Top 10 single in the United Kingdom. The fresh album titled Gravity was released on 22 November 2010. [ 87 ] It went to No. 1 in Ireland and No. 3 in the UK. This is their ninth No. 1 in Ireland and this album made Westlife as one of the few musical acts and band and the alone pop music dance band to have count one album in three consecutive decades ( 1990s, 2000s, 2010s ) in their family country .
As the 2000s ten ends with 275 singles reached the No. 1 placement on the graph in the UK. Over this period, Westlife were the most successful musical dissemble and group at reaching the top spot with 11 No. 1 singles only from the said ten, top act with most total number of weeks at No. 1 with individual credits and second to most sum number of weeks at No. 1 with 14 weeks. Ten out of their fourteen No. 1 singles were released and came from this ten. Westlife is besides the second biggest selling music act in the UK of the twenty-first century. And second from the list of artist from the by decade, 1990s, in UK Albums and Singles Charts. While in 2005, one-half of the decade, they were the fifth. [ 88 ] Westlife was named the fourthly most hard-working music artist and third base most hard-working band in the UK by PRS in 2010. [ 89 ] besides from the said class Billboard compiled the circus tent external tour acts cosmopolitan, the group ranked 14th with $ 5,104,109 estimated net take of tour grosses ( assuming a distinctive 34 % artist reduce after commissions and expenses ). [ 90 ] In March 2011, they started their eleventh major concert tour, the Gravity Tour. This tour marked the foremost time the group travelled to Oman, Namibia, Guangzhou and Vietnam for concerts .

Greatest Hits and split ( 2011–2018 ) [edit ]

As of 2011, the group were the longest regnant band and second longest reigning issue one music act in the twenty-first century in UK. On 14 March 2011, Westlife confirmed that they had left Cowell after 13 years and his commemorate label Syco Music after nine years. The group cited Syco ‘s decision not to release a irregular single from Gravity as the cause Byrne felt it as another reason of being unloved ,

We signed to Simon back in 1998 and he was brainy, but then came the development of The X Factor and American Idol. Simon became celebrated himself and his interests went that way preferably than on Westlife. We about felt a little bite unloved with Simon Cowell, if I was to be honest. We had it ( fully clock time patronize ) with Simon but he got so busy and would do it at the identical last hour and we needed person who was on it all the time. [ 91 ]

On 23 April 2011, Egan ‘s Twitter history posted a series of tweets saying he was to walk away from the group. He late said his report was hacked and debunked the announcement. [ 92 ] After going back to RCA Records full-time for a annual album contract, they announced their Greatest Hits album to be released on 21 November 2011. It debuted at No. 1 in Ireland and No. 4 in the UK. This is their one-tenth No. 1 album in Ireland. The first and star single, “ Lighthouse “ was released in November 2011. And a follow-up promotional single “ Beautiful World “ released later. In October 2011, Egan ruled out guess that McFadden would reunite with them for the newfangled compilation album and its promotion for a television read. Egan said : “ All the rumours about Brian re-joining Westlife are false. We have been a 4 firearm for excessively long now. We love Brian but it ‘s not going to be. That includes any television performances. ” [ 93 ] With a new compilation album coming out, it was speculated Westlife would be doing a new capital hits tour. They were scheduled to headline the ChildLine Concert in Dublin on 12 November 2011 and to have another exclusive concert on O2 Blueroom, besides in Dublin on 24 November. [ 94 ] [ 95 ] A UK enlistment was first formally announced on 18 October 2011, with dates confirmed for May 2012 and it was titled, The Greatest Hits Tour or The Farewell Tour. Stereoboard reported that the go sold out within minutes. [ 96 ] On 19 October 2011, Westlife formally announced they were splitting after an album and a tour. [ 97 ]

After 14 years, 26 circus tent ten hits including 14 total one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top point and have jointly sold over 44 million copies around the populace, 10 sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our design to go our separate ways after a Greatest Hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour following year. The decision is wholly amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so army for the liberation of rwanda, we want to have a well-earned break and expect at raw ventures. We see the Greatest Hits collection and the farewell enlistment as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are very looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one survive clock. Over the years, Westlife has become so a lot more to us than barely a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this perplex journey and are depart of our class excessively. We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years late we would hush be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream derive true for all of us. Kian, Mark, Nicky and Shane [ 98 ]

During this fourth dimension, the Official Charts Company compiled the band ‘s chart history which states that early than their number-ones they had, 25 UK Top 10s, 26 UK Top 40s, 27 UK Top 75s, 20 Weeks at No. 1, 76 Weeks in Top 10, 189 Weeks in Top 40 and 282 Weeks in Top 75 in the UK Singles Chart. While 7 No. 1s, 12 UK Top 10s, Top 40s, Top 75s, 7 Weeks at No. 1, 92 Weeks in Top 10, 189 Weeks in Top 40, and 299 Weeks in Top 75 in the UK Albums Chart. [ 99 ] They besides had seven number-one albums in eight years, the most number-ones with different albums by a music album dissemble, group, crop up group, and male group in the UK Albums Chart in the 2000s and the second base most total ones, tied with Rod Stewart, with unlike albums by a music album act, group, pop group, and male group in the UK clustered per ten since The Beatles in the 1960s and of all clock. In Ireland, they have fourteen No. 1 singles and ten No. 1 albums, the most for a start ring and act and male band and act, and Irish band adjacent to U2. A second statement was issued through their official web site, saying the fans were continuing to be the best support arrangement. [ 100 ] [ 101 ] Some fans on social networks described themselves as feeling “ devastated ” following news of the split. [ 102 ] [ 103 ] People left their messages on chirrup by using # WestlifeForever and # Westlife, it trended on Ireland, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK. A know stream Q & A happened on 28 October 2011 as a “ thank you ” to their fans. As part of it, ITV commissioned a one-off music event as they took to the stage to sing some of their greatest hits, it was entitled Westlife: For the Last Time. [ 104 ] Another show entitled, The Westlife Show: Live, was broadcast from Studio One of London Studios on the same channel on 1 November 2011. [ 105 ] They then had a be guesting on The Late Late Show. [ 106 ] They were honored at that time by scots Exhibition and Conference Centre ( SECC ) with four specially commissioned barricade stools to mark 49 performances at the venue for over 380,000 fans, selling more tickets than any early act. [ 107 ] The ring had their final concert on 23 June 2012 at Croke Park Stadium in Ireland. The 82,300 capacity show was sold out in 4 minutes. due to this democratic demand, an supernumerary date was added at Croke Park on 22 June 2012, which besides sold out. Combined, there was a total of 187,808 spectators on both nights, exceeding the capacity of the stadium. [ 108 ] Their last concert was besides screened live in more than 300 film in the United Kingdom, [ 109 ] and 200 cinemas cosmopolitan. [ 110 ] [ 111 ] They besides released a DVD, which went to phone number 1 in both UK and Irish chart. In that class they were besides declared the 34th top-grossing tour act of the class with earnings of $ 35.2 million ( €27 million ). The farewell tour consisted of eight dates in China and 33 in the UK and Ireland ; in full, the dance band sold 489,694 tickets from the go. [ 112 ] Cowell and some media predicted a possible reunion in the future, [ 113 ] but Westlife put an end to that guess by vowing they would never reunite. [ 114 ] Later reports from the Daily Record said there was an “ irreparable rift ” in the band, [ 115 ] but was late denied by a informant close to the band saying : “ There ‘s no bad blood in the band, they ‘re calm capital pals. But all dear things come to an end and they are all cutting to do their own thing. ” [ 116 ] Later, the band besides denied it and called the rip a “ connect decisiveness ”. [ 117 ] however he confessed three months after the split, Byrne said that members of the group fought with one another more and more often in the latter years leading up to the cleave and he felt that it was the right field time to end their time together. A class after Westlife ended, they agreed to all voluntarily wind up Bluenet Ltd, their main entertainment firm, after going their own ways and divide €2.3million to €595,500 each except for Filan who missed out any of it as he declared bankruptcy at that time ascribable to property barge in problems. [ 118 ] Since the split, the four lads have released albums and singles individually. Filan, with three studio albums and with singles and tours ( with support act dates for Lionel Richie ) released and a circus tent 5 shoot album in UK. Feehily associated with an mugwump phonograph record label ( which he is the co-director ) and released albums and singles. He besides made it as a supporting act to Mariah Carey and Wet Wet Wet. Egan was voted King of the Jungle on the 2013 series of ITV ‘s I’m a Celebrity series, released one studio album with singles, was a passenger car pronounce on The Voice of Ireland, and was a digest act for Boyzone. Byrne released one studio album, joined Strictly Come Dancing, hosted several major irish television and radio shows, and represented Ireland in Eurovision, which was besides his debut solo single. [ 119 ] In 2014, Syco Music said to The Sun : “ All the guys are up for it in rationale. It ‘s now just a matter of sorting out all the details, Syco would love Brian to be part of the band again. It ‘d create the same sort of buzz as when Robbie Williams returned to Take That. But the other lads will need to be convinced because they were constantly identical clear that when Brian left it was for good. ” [ 120 ] but Egan late tweeted, “ Guys I ‘m deplorable to say but I do n’t know where these rumours are coming from about a Westlife reunion but it ‘s untrue. Sorry # westlifeforever. ” [ 121 ] In 2015, [ 122 ] 2016 ( On this year, Walsh posted on the band ‘s social accounts that they will not regroup as of the moment ), [ 123 ] 2017, [ 124 ] Walsh expressed that the four-piece dance band would reunite. He had been in contact with Ed Sheeran and James Arthur to create songs for the band. [ 125 ] however, on 2016–2017, four years following the separate, Filan told Lorraine and other media outlets that while there are presently no plans for a Westlife reunion, he would not rule it out for the future. [ 126 ] Byrne expressed in 2017, “ Shame this Westlife news is not true. They were always my guilty pleasures. ” He besides talked about touring with the group : “ Who would n’t want to do that again ? The laugh with the boys and travelling approximately and seeing all the fans again. It ‘s closely six years next summer since we ‘ve done it so who knows ? possibly in ten years. I ‘ve spoken to all the lads individually but we ‘ve never brought up a Westlife reunion, the thing about it is the four of us have n’t been in a room together since Jodi ‘s [ Kian ‘s wife ] mum ‘s funeral, ‘ That was the last time we spoke by rights as a band, if you want to call it that., I ‘m certain it will happen but I do n’t know when and I do n’t know if even we know when the right field meter will be. ” [ 127 ] Feehily added, “ People have offered us blank cheques to get binding together but it ‘s not about money. There are no plans to reform. The clock time is n’t nowadays. We all have a draw more that we want to achieve first. It feels way excessively soon to be dependable, a twentieth anniversary go could silent happen one day as 2019 is 20 years since we released our first individual, while 2021 is 20 years since our beginning worldly concern tour. So you never know ”. [ 128 ]

On 31 March 2018, it was reported on Allkpop that all of them might guest on a democratic korean musical appearance Immortal Songs 2 but Filan was the only one who appeared on the read as a judge and a guest performer afterwards. [ 129 ] Egan answered that this and other reports were untrue and the lie of the group members sided with Egan ‘s reception after ampere well. [ 130 ] late they revealed they had been phoned up by Walsh and Cowell every six months since their separate. On 23 September 2018, several Irish news outlets started reporting that the group has been signed to Universal Music Group for a new five-year album and tour share with Virgin EMI Records. [ 131 ] [ 132 ]

reunion, Spectrum album, and go ( 2018–2021 ) [edit ]

On 3 October 2018, the group formally announced that there ‘ll be new music and a tour coming soon on their official social media accounts like on their newly created Instagram. [ 133 ] [ non-primary source needed ] Their reunion fib caused huge winnow reaction cosmopolitan. According to the reports, they had been preparing for their comeback for the past year of 2017 as Feehily had said on the same class that he hoped to get them all together for a proper catch-up. [ 134 ] It was late revealed that Egan and Filan first talked about their reunion when Adele released “ Hello “ in late 2015. [ 135 ] While Byrne raised his concerns about “ … where Westlife ‘s music fits into the current grocery store ” and not wanting to be just a “ nostalgia ” act. [ 136 ] He went on to say, “ While we were away, we realised what Westlife very meant to the fans – and to us. ” [ 137 ] McFadden was not involved in the reformation as he said on an interview with Closer Magazine, “ … there ‘s no reason for me and the boys to stay buddies. ” and “ For me, it was just a job. I only met the guys when I joined the band and have no regrets about leaving. ” [ 138 ] Their first gear live interviews and press conferences as a four-piece in six years were made 20 days late held in Dublin and Belfast where they revealed their plans to stick around longer. [ 139 ] [ 140 ] Days late, it was followed by several radio interviews in Manchester, Ulster, Dublin and Glasgow. Walsh besides said in break interviews that the most crucial things now are the songs, it will be featured as an introduction to their raw heavy and added, “ I was good waiting for them to decide when. There were record deals on the table, but the frost on the patty was Ed Sheeran writing these amaze songs for them, adenine well as having Steve Mac, who produced their early on songs, on track besides. ” [ … ] “ Sheeran ‘s remark adds a contemporary border ”, “ I ‘ve heard the first two songs and they are just incredible. ” [ 141 ] Mac and Sheeran have come up with four raw tracks for them. One will be a individual co-written by Sheeran. Some had been composed since 2016. The duet have co-written holocene hits like the most pour song on Spotify, “ supreme headquarters allied powers europe of You “, and besides “ Woman Like Me “ by Little Mix, and “ Thursday “ by Jess Glynne. Mac revealed the band ‘s signature legal will be back. [ 142 ] [ non-primary source needed ] Feehily and Filan added, “ We ‘re not trying to change Westlife ‘s sound, we ‘re trying to evolve ”, “ We need to be a Westlife 2.0, a better version of ourselves. We wanted to come back and recreate Westlife ‘s voice, but better, and be a better ring, and the most authoritative thing about any band is music. ” [ 143 ] In November 2018, Byrne expressed 2019 will be “ one hell of a year ” [ 144 ] [ non-primary source needed ] On 19 December 2018, Egan and Feehily posted a picture of the group ‘s first rehearsals together in six years and Egan added that “ 2019 will be nothing but epic ”. [ 145 ] [ non-primary source needed ] [ 146 ] [ non-primary source needed ] A musical and a documentary film about them and their reunion were besides reported. “ Hello My Love “, [ 141 ] their first single since 2011 was released on 10 January 2019. [ 147 ] [ non-primary source needed ] It reached No. 1 in iTunes Store Top Songs in more than fifteen countries that include the United Kingdom and Ireland, reached peak 10 in 23 countries, and charted in more than 50 countries lone minutes after its dismissal. It was released in four official versions : Original, implemental, acoustic, and a remix. Their foremost UK, cosmopolitan television and recorded professional appearance, performance in seven years and of the single was on The Graham Norton Show on 11 January 2019 where it was tagged as “ one of the most highly-anticipated television receiver comebacks of the decade ”. [ 148 ] [ 149 ] They besides performed the single on the 24th National Television Awards on 22 January 2019 and it was their first gear live television receiver performance, beginning The O2 Arena and arena performance together in seven years. Their first irish performance and television appearance together was in the finals night of Dancing With the Stars Ireland on 24 March 2019. Their first tour and first promotional tour in general and for a single release together outside UK and Ireland in seven years was on Singapore on 29 January 2019 to 1 February 2019. [ 150 ] [ non-primary source needed ] It reached number-two in Ireland and Scotland. It was their highest charting on their official singles charts since the band ‘s “ What About nowadays ” one in 2009, ten years ago. The single got its Silver certification four months after its free and its Gold authentication seven months after its premier in the UK. In Ireland, it has a 2× Platinum documentation. The full-length album is released on 15 November 2019. It is in different formats like the compact disk, digital download, vinyl, and a limited box set edition. Some of the album formats are bundled with their official go merchandise. It is their eleventh studio apartment album, their first major album to be released in eight years and inaugural studio album in nine years. [ 151 ] [ non-primary source needed ] In November 2018, the pre-order links for the approaching album were released on Amazon Australia, [ 152 ] Japan, [ 153 ] UK, [ 154 ] and HMV. [ 155 ] The album is titled Spectrum. The album peaked at act one in Ireland, Scotland, and the UK and was certified as Gold in the UK and as Platinum in Ireland. This is their first number one album in twelve years in the UK and in eight years in Ireland. This is besides the fastest selling album in 2019 in Ireland. This is their one-eighth UK number-one album making them the fifth band ( one-fourth until Coldplay got their eight number-one album workweek after ) to have eight UK number-one albums with the likes of Led Zeppelin, and R.E.M. Overall, they are one of the only ten bands that has had eight number-one albums. [ 4 ] It marks their eleventh number-one album in Ireland. To promote the album before its unblock, more singles were released like the second one, besides by Mac and Sheeran with Fred Again ( George Ezra, Prettymuch, Rita Ora ), which was called “ Better Man “. It was their second numeral one on the UK Singles Physical Chart and reached number two on the UK Singles Sales Chart and Scottish Singles Chart in 2019. It was besides released in orchestral and acoustic versions. The third gear single, “ Dynamite “, was released on 5 July 2019 and was released in three unlike mixes. The single was their twenty-seventh top 10 hit in Scotland and 29th top 40 hit in Ireland. The fourthly single from the album, “ My blood “, was released on 25 October 2019. “ My blood ” ended up peaking at number ninety-six on the UK Singles Chart and at number-six on the scottish Singles Chart. It besides peaked at count forty-six in the irish Singles Chart. Since their comeback in 2018, their previous singles “ What About immediately ”, “ queen of My Heart ”, “ If I Let You Go ”, and “ My Love ” reached the higher Gold certifications in the United Kingdom after ten, seventeen, eighteen, and twenty years of their releases respectively. “ Flying Without Wings ”, and “ World of Our own ” were certified Platinum twenty years after its turn. While “ When You ‘re Looking Like That ” after twenty years and “ The Rose ” after thirteen years achieved their silver certifications since their releases respectively in the lapp state. Six were certified in 2019, one in 2018, and two in 2020. On the even of 17 October 2018, the UK and Ireland dates of their latest tour were announced through Westlife ‘s social networks and was called The Twenty Tour. A pre-order locate of the approaching new Westlife album, for both unsigned and limited signed ( which was taken down minutes late ), from their official memory was cited where fans will receive an exclusive pre-sale code for early entree tickets to the 2019 tour. [ 156 ] Pre-sale tickets were all sold out before the general sale and the event had been described as a “ big one ” [ 157 ] making the original enlistment dates sold out at the very time of its cosmopolitan sales opening. The tour had twelve original dates and fourteen more dates added on places like Liverpool, Leeds, and Sheffield in less than seven hours ascribable to high demand. [ 158 ] [ 159 ] [ 160 ] [ 161 ] [ 162 ] In their first base broad print interview as a set in six years, they said : “ We will get to everyone finally. ” Egan added, “ Every country that wants to see Westlife will see us at some point. We wo n’t step away from this until we ‘ve managed to tour the world. ” [ 135 ] Seventeen extra asian dates were announced from 21 March 2019 onwards ; the go has a total of fifty-one dates and took place at some of Asia ‘s and Europe ‘s largest indoor arena and stadium. It was their fastest selling go to date. The second day of the tour in Croke Park had a live movie broadcast in selected cinema in at least fourteen european countries on 6 July 2019, and in more than 600 cinema know via satellite in UK and Ireland alone. A stay broadcast in at least nine asian countries that include Hong Kong, India, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, and in Australia and New Zealand were done from August 2019 as well. They hired the Cirque du Soleil team for the output, stage design, and routines of the tour. A follow-up cinema screenings of the filmed tour date was produced from August 2019 onwards angstrom well in a sing-along interpretation that kick-start in Denmark, Ireland, and UK. This was released in a video recording album in unlike formats on 13 March 2020. It reached the number one in UK and Ireland and stayed at the top spot for more than thirty weeks on their official charts. On 13 September 2019, they announced that they are scheduled to play at Wembley Stadium in London, England and at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork, Ireland, both for the first meter, as contribution of their Stadiums in the Summer Tour, which was late renamed. The go play dates were moved from 2020, 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with most of the original scheduled tour dates were besides cancelled. On 8 February 2021, the band revealed the common separate of ways with Virgin EMI Records and details of a new and innovative partnership are at hand .

Wild Dreams ( 2021–present ) [edit ]

On 17 March 2021, they formally announced through different medias that they signed a raw album deal through Warner Music UK and East West Records. After 514 days since their last get together, they played eight of their songs live together for a BBC Radio 2 event on Ulster Hall, Belfast on 25 August 2021 and was broadcast from 10 September 2021. An estimate of sixty-eight thousand people have applied to be region of the audience that night but an approximate number of only 160 people has been picked due to COVID-19 restrictions. “ starlight ”, the run single from their twelfth studio apartment album, was released on 14 October 2021. The album, Wild Dreams, was released on 19 November 2021 but was pushed back to 26 November 2021 on 13 October 2021. [ 163 ] [ non-primary source needed ] It is in different formats like the four hundred, digital download, streaming. Some of the album formats are bundled with their official go trade. On 29 October 2021, new agenda for their renamed fourteenth concert go, The Wild Dreams Tour, were released. It is comprised of fourteen modern dates and venues and eight dates added late. They besides announced that their Wembley Stadium date will be streamed live in different film in Europe. On 17 December 2021, a Westlife concert filmed at London ’ s Bush Hall Venue and broadcast by Tencent ’ s WeChat ( Weixin ) across China ‘s most popular social media chopine had an audience of about 28 million. It received 160 million likes during the 100 moment stream. It was the first always livestream concert by the band, and by an international artist in China. [ 164 ] As of 7 April 2022, according to Official Charts Company, they are presently the fifth biggest-selling albums artist of the twenty-first hundred alone in the UK with 12,907,183 .

popularity [edit ]

Westlife ‘s introduction album and individual coincided with the apogee of son band popularity, and their achiever was most apparent in Ireland, the UK, and most of African, Asian, Australian and European continental countries. They had album certifications in Brazil, Mexico, Philippines and the United States adenine well. They had 13 worldwide concert tours and sold over 5.5 million tickets. In April 2001, over one million fans wanted to chat with the lads from 122 countries. [ 165 ] Voted cosmopolitan as the best boy band on MTV Battle of the Boybands with thirty-two bands in the choices in 2012. Their battle between Backstreet Boys garnered the highest rate of votes with more than one million in a specific vote time only. The full votes throughout the two-week contest got more than 12 million votes. The final conflict was between them and the Jonas Brothers. [ 166 ] They have more than 50,000 official fans club members in mainland China alone in 2006. [ 167 ] besides in China ‘s largest music streaming site, QQ Music, they are the most follow western boy ring, third westerly band, fourth male set, and twenty-fifth overall international music act as of August 2019. Boy band One Direction was mistaken for Westlife in Ghana. [ 168 ] They are the biggest selling external, foreign album act in indonesian and philippine music records history. They are the only international artist who is able to sell an album with more than one million units in Indonesia and their Westlife and Coast to Coast albums are in the top ten-spot best selling albums of all-time in the Philippines. They are Vietnam ‘s most viewed music artist in YouTube as of 2015. [ 169 ] Their version of “ You Raise Me Up ” is on the top 75 best selling singles of all time in Australia. Voted by the public four times as The Record of the year and twice adenine Best Pop Act on Brit Awards in the UK where they besides have the most awards and nominations on the said class ‘s history. In 2000s, “ Swear It Again ” became a popular sung for wedding and funerals in the british Isles. In 2009, “ Flying Without Wings ” was listed as seventh most popular sung for marry ‘s first dances in UK. [ 170 ] In 2012, their version of “ You Raise Me Up ” and besides “ Flying Without Wings ” made it to the top 20 most democratic songs used at funerals. [ 171 ] In 2016, three of their songs ( “ I ‘ll See You Again “, “ Flying Without Wings ”, “ You Raise Me Up ” ) made it on the top pop music choices for funerals in Ireland. [ 172 ] In 2019, “ You Raise Me Up ” appeared as the eighth crown pop music choices in funerals in the United Kingdom and second in Northern Ireland. In South Korea, their albums Coast to Coast and World of Our Own are the top two best selling albums from a western boy band of all clock time and nine out of twenty dollar bill albums listed in the top best-selling albums of western male child bands of all time are from the band. besides in South Korea, their singles “ My Love ” and “ You Raise Me Up ” stayed in the top 75 of the Official International Karaoke Charts since the origin of the charts in December 2010 up to its late chart released. [ 173 ] The only Irish act, pop ring, boy band to have two of former Marvel Hollywood Actors had been cast in two of the lads ‘ music television. Vinnie Jones who played as Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand was featured as the Duke Vincent in “ Bop Bop Baby ”, while Ioan Gruffudd who played as Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four 2005 and 2007 was featured as one of the high class customers in “ Uptown Girl ”. The only Irish act, pop band, boy band to have worked with three American Idol judges ( Mariah Carey, Simon Cowell, Lionel Richie ). Demo sung “ Beautiful in White “ reached more than 278 million views ( on a unmarried video recording only ) on YouTube as of September 2021, making it as the most successful original song from a dad act that was not released as an official individual and never made any albums ( until Filan released a different version for his alone album, accompanied with an official music television ). [ 174 ] Another non-single Westlife song that became popular on-line is “ I Wan sodium Grow Old With You “, co-written by the band members, has an estimated entire combined plays of more than 300 million as of January 2021. Their song “ My love ” is the most watch, like, and shared Facebook television position from a son band and their medley video is besides the second most like one. [ 175 ] [ non-primary source needed ] [ 176 ] [ non-primary source needed ] They were invited by Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney to sing on their wedding reception in Portofino, Abbey of Cervara, Italy and got paid £400,000, one of the highest come paid acts, highest for a start dance band, male child ring and Irish work and dance band for a marriage in populace history. They are Coleen ‘s front-runner pop ring, besides invited to her twenty-first birthday but was ineffective to make it. Egan said later that it was more of Rooney who is a big sports fan of the ring as revealed to them by Coleen. [ 177 ] The set besides performed for the Sultan of Brunei, an affair on which they were paid £2.5 million to play a secret concert of seven songs. [ 178 ] They besides performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2000 with “ I Lay My Love on You ” and “ My Love ”, in 2005 with the songs “ World of Our own ” and “ You Raise Me Up ” with Rolf Løvland and Fionnuala Sherry, and in 2009 with “ What About nowadays ” and “ You Raise Me Up ” in battlefront of former US President Barack Obama and met him afterwards. [ 179 ] They besides played for Queen Elizabeth II doubly and for Pope John Paul II once in a live concert television receiver show and shook hands with them after. [ 180 ] They were the inaugural ever pop dance band to top the entertainment bill at the Vatican City and a private concert for the Pope. [ 181 ] They besides personally met former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and picked autographs besides for his daughter. [ 182 ] The band was besides mentioned in the record interpretation of Me Before You, which was released in 2012. Westlife ‘s songs were besides used as film soundtracks six times that include “ condom ” for Dolphin Tale in 2011, “ You Raise Me Up ” for Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie in 2014 and “ Flying Without Wings ” for Pokemon: The Movie 2000. Their songs were besides used as soundtracks for television receiver shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, Coronation Street, Dancing on Ice, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, So You Think You Can Dance UK, and The X Factor UK ( they are the most perform professional and international bouncy music act in X Factor a well ). Westlife ‘s name was used by the chief character Vicky Pollard in the popular UK comedy television series Little Britain with one of her celebrated lines, “ swapping her baby for a Westlife cadmium ”. They were referenced as share of 1990s pop acculturation on the british band Busted ‘s 2018 music video “ Nineties “. [ 183 ] [ non-primary source needed ] Their songs appeared in more than a thousand compilation albums. [ 184 ] Despite their success cosmopolitan, Westlife was unable to break into the U.S. commercialize. They had lone one hit single in the United States, “ Swear It Again ”, which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. The band made an appearance on MTV ‘s Total Request Live and the U.S. edition of their debut album, Westlife was released, but it did n’t meet with success. In 2002, with the two most big son bands in the US, the Backstreet Boys and * NSYNC, going on suspension that year, an attack was made to promote and release a US version of “ World of Our own ”, but was never successful. Billboard called the failure ascribable to bodied politics. [ 185 ]

“ We sent over a candle of World of Our Own with no name on it. They did n’t know it was Westlife and every one radio post in the States – all came back and said that this is an absolutely huge hit. They said it was great for radio and people are gon na love it, specially as there ‘s fair a flimsy sting of rock guitar to it. But angstrom soon as we revealed it was Westlife, the radio pluggers all went, ‘Whoa, not Westlife – it ‘s a boyband. ‘ And we can not break that gloomy, no count what song we come out with. The problem with America is that it ‘s all radio receiver and you ‘ve got to break into radio inaugural. And presently radio does n’t want to play boy bands or start music. If Bono wrote a sung with us tomorrow and it was the biggest hit in the world, if Westlife ‘s name is put to it, it wo n’t be a hit in America because radio will not play us. ” [ 186 ] — Nicky Byrne, 8 July 2003 consultation

“ Flying Without Wings ” peaked at number-two in the US when American Idol: Season 2 achiever Ruben Studdard recorded and released it as his introduction single. In 2003, Westlife went to Nashville to film a television objective. While they were there, they gave a hot performance of the song “ Daytime Friends “, in the first place by area music singer Kenny Rogers. Though Westlife did n’t gain as much achiever in the States as they did elsewhere, their music was placid appreciated. Kid David Corey, adjunct PD and music film director at top 40 WXKS ( Kiss 108 ) radio receiver station in Boston, Massachusetts was a Westlife garter that was recorded saying “ Bands like Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync are still climbing the charts, and radio is supporting them, so I do n’t think the boy band thing is going to hurt them. Besides, this song [ “ Swear it Again ” ] is just besides good for any of that to be a concern. I ca n’t imagine anyone not playing this because it ‘s another boy band, specially when it does n’t even sound like those other guys. ” [ 187 ] Some have besides criticized the band for doing many covers, having the same sound on every album released, miss of use of musical instruments and miss of songwriting skills. Feehily revealed in 2009 : “ There were many songs which I would be even scared to mention, you know, that were suggested to us which we turned down. There were many cover versions and many original songs that were either frightful. There was loads of stuff through the years, like ‘ You Are not Alone ‘ by Michael Jackson ?, that were suggested by their record company headman Cowell ”. [ 188 ]

collaboration [edit ]

Before their achiever, the band served as supporting opening acts for the male child bands Backstreet Boys and Boyzone. Since then, the group has recorded studio and live performances with music acts including Mariah Carey ( “ Against All Odds ( Take a look at Me now ) ” ), Lulu ( “ spinal column at One “ ), Joanne Hindley ( “ The Way You Look Tonight ” ), Diana Ross ( “ When You Tell Me That You Love Me ” ), Donna Summer ( “ no More Tears ( Enough Is Enough ) “ ), and Delta Goodrem ( “ All Out of Love “ ), “ If I Had Words “ with The Vard Sisters, “ I Have A dream ” with indonesian child-star Sherina. These songs were besides recorded and included on versatile albums. In 2002, Westlife re-recorded their hit song “ Flying Without Wings ” with mexican singer Cristian Castro and with korean singer BoA as two classify duets. Westlife has performed alive duets with many other music artists including : Will Smith, Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, Esperanza Spalding, Luis Fonsi, Alexander Rybak, Amadou and Mariam, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lang Lang, Wang Leehom ( “ You Raise Me Up ” ), [ 189 ] Mary Black ( “ Walking in the Air ” ), Sinéad O’Connor ( “ Silent Night “ ), Dean Verbeeck ( “ Swear It Again ” ), Donny Osmond ( “ Crazy Horses “ ), Kevin Spacey ( “ Beyond the Sea “ and “ Fly Me to the Moon ” ), Mariah Carey ( “ Never Too Far/Hero Medley “ ), Secret Garden ( “ You Raise Me Up ” ), [ 179 ] Lionel Richie ( “ Easy ” ), Boyzone ( “ No Matter What “ ), Ronan Keating ( “ The Dance ” ), Ray Quinn ( “ That ‘s Life “ ), JLS ( “ Flying Without Wings ” ), Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries ( “ Little Drummer Boy “ ) and recorded with diverse artists for a charity single and performed for a live concert or television receiver performances specials with music artists such as Steps, Lisa Scott-Lee, 5ive, S Club 7, The Cheeky Girls, Tony Hadley, Blazin ‘ Squad, Gareth Gates, Liberty X, Girls Aloud, Busted, McFly, Jonathan Wilkes, Suranne Jones, Darius, Emma Bunton, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Cheryl, Mika, Michael Bublé, Joe McElderry, Miley Cyrus, James Blunt, Blue, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jon Bon Jovi, James Morrison, Alexandra Burke, Jason Orange, Susan Boyle, Rachel Stevens, JLS, Jamie Cullum, Gloria Estefan, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and V, where the former boyfriend of Feehily was a member named Kevin McDaid .

art and influences [edit ]

Westlife is chiefly a pop, pop/rock, club/dance, dance-pop, contemporary pop/rock, adolescent popular male group. [ 190 ] They cited Michael Jackson and Backstreet Boys as their musical influences. [ 191 ]

Products and endorsements [edit ]

Some of the products that Westlife officially released, aside from their music releases, include television games, Cadbury chocolates, books, calendars, and tour trade such as T-shirts, jewelry, stationery, toiletries, dolls, watches, clocks, mugs, duvets, wallpaper, key chains, and posters. Their second studio album Coast to Coast received extra products, largely in Asia, that included MRT transport ticket, video card calendar, postcard set, signed fold-out poster, glistening slipcase and Filofax. [ 192 ] [ 193 ] They besides received sponsorship from Tayto in 2000 [ 194 ] and for their concert tours from Calvin Klein in 2001, Adidas in 2002 and Volkswagen in 2011. They have official and unofficial books released, including the book written by the members of Westlife, which was released on 16 June 2008 by HarperCollins UK Publishing entitled, ‘ Westlife – Our Story ‘, as part of their 10th class celebration. [ 195 ] The band released two perfume give sets, “ X “ and “ With Love “. [ 196 ]

charitable digest [edit ]

The group has supported assorted charitable causes. They were involved in the “ Helping For Haiti ” charity unmarried that was released in February 2010, a well as releasing a cover translation of “ Uptown Girl ” for Comic Relief, one of their biggest selling singles to date. They have participated in a Royal British Legion poppy attract, irish Blood for Life 2004 and did an ad for Galway ‘s irish Water Safety campaign. [ 197 ] [ 198 ] They besides lent their support to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service ( IBTS ). [ 199 ] On 4 November 2005, they performed with early music artists at Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa for The “ Unite of the Stars ” Gala Banquet charity concert that supports four charities : the Nelson Mandela Children ‘s Fund, Unite Against Hunger, St. Mary ‘s Hospital and the Topsy Foundation. [ 200 ] They besides performed populate for charity on Sport Relief, [ 201 ] Macmillan Cancer Support, [ 202 ] Croí, Western Alzheimer ‘s, O’Dwyer Cheshire Home, Mayo Cancer Support Group, Marie Keating Foundation, [ 203 ] Outward Bound Trust, [ 204 ] ChildLine, Children in Need, Sheffield ‘s Children Hospital. They had besides helped for auctions on Meningitis Research Foundation, [ 205 ] Carlton Celebrity Auction for Centrepoint ( for the homeless ), [ 206 ] the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and The Samaritans ), [ 207 ] Zutto charity paint, [ citation needed ] Pushing The Envelope ( for National Literacy Trust ). [ 208 ] They ‘ve been involved besides with the keep up organizations : Royal National Institute for the Deaf ( RNID ), [ 209 ] Cancer Research UK, United Nations ‘ World Food Programme ( WFP ), [ 210 ] Muscle Help Foundation, [ 211 ] Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign [ 212 ] and real Man campaign. [ 213 ] They are besides included as ambassadors of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ( ISPCC ). As contribution of IPSCC, Feehily signed up for their anti-bullying political campaign, “ Join the Fight for Children ‘s Rights ”. [ 214 ] and Aware, [ 215 ] Byrne for Heart attack and Asthma awareness campaigns, Daily Star ‘s Reclaim Our Streets crusade, [ 216 ] Byrne for Oxfam ‘s East Africa dearth invoke ( by Celtic F.C. five Manchester United F.C. football match ), [ 217 ] and for Children ‘s Hospice South West ( by Truro charity football couple ). [ 218 ] Filan, Byrne for Soccer Aid, [ 219 ] J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am, One World Beat. [ 220 ] Filan for Irish Red Cross ( by Sligo Rovers F.C. Showgrounds football match ), [ 221 ] and Egan for Strandhill Indonesian Relief Fund ( SIRF, in care of the South asian tsunami victims ) .

Members [edit ]


discography [edit ]

Selected videography [edit ]

Awards and nominations [edit ]

Tours [edit ]

Concert tours [edit ]


promotional tours [edit ]

  • 1998–2012; 2018–present UK and Ireland Tour
  • 1999 European, East Asian and Southeast Asian Tour
  • 2000 European, North American, South American and Asian Tour[222]
  • 2001, 2002 European, Korean, Mexican and United States Tour
  • 2003 European, Hong Kong, Japan, and Malaysian Tour
  • 2005, 2006 European, Taiwan Tour
  • 2007 Australian Tour
  • 2009 Swedish Tour[223]
  • 2019 Singapore, Indonesian, Chinese, Swedish Tour[150]

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]